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Secretary of State Condos encourages voters to return Primary ballots ASAP

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 11:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is encouraging all Vermont voters to ensure that they exercise their right to vote in the upcoming August 11th Statewide Primary Elections. For those voters who have requested early/absentee ballots, Secretary Condos recommends the voter follow all instructions to properly vote their ballot, and return it to the Clerk in time to be counted on August 11th.

Vermont business index shows surprising stability

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 10:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The second quarter of 2020 began with many businesses reeling from the shutdown of the global economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most economic indicators posted disastrous results while the US government and Federal Reserve rushed to enact legislation or policies to soften some of the worst impacts of the crisis. By quarter end, the Citizens Business Conditions Index showed surprising stability (decreasing only from 60.8 to 60.3) as those unprecedented actions have reversed the U.S. economy’s trajectory. In Vermont, the index is slightly down from earlier in the year, 50.7 from 50.6, but up .2 year to year.

Fatal car crash in Salisbury results in charges

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 9:23am -- tim

Vermont State Police The continued investigation into this motor vehicle crash has revealed Brian Davidson (OP#1) was traveling east on West Salisbury Road in the Town of Salisbury at a speed that was described as being well over the posted speed limit. According to witness statements, OP#1 was carelessly operating his vehicle when he failed to stop at the posted stop sign, at which point he entered US Route 7. At approximately the same time, Center Merrill (OP#2) was traveling north on US Route 7. OP#1 then struck the front end the vehicle driven by OP#2. Upon contact both vehicles spun and made contact a second time.

Utilities urge electric use reduction Monday

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 8:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department (BED) issued a peak alert for today/Monday, July 27 as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched during summer 2017, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage today from 4:00-7:00pm. VEC asks members to conserve electricity today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) from 5-10 pm.

HBRLF launches Hartford Business Economic Recovery Grant Program

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 1:57pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine With full support from the Town of Hartford Select Board, The Hartford Business Revolving Loan Fund Committee (HBRLF) announces the opening on July 24, 2020 of a Business Recovery Grant Program funded by $50,000 from its Revolving Loan Account. All Hartford qualifying businesses may apply for a $2,000 grant, intended to provide recovery support for COVID – 19 related issues. Up to 25 grants will be made in the initial grant round, using a blind lottery process. Subject to demand, an additional round of grants is anticipated, if necessary.

ACCD mandatory mask wearing effective Aug 1st

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 1:55pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott announced that effective August 1st, Vermonters will be required to wear masks in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, where physical distancing is not possible. There are some exceptions, including for children under 2 years old and for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. The Vermont Department of Health offers guidance on when it’s important to wear a mask.

NVU student wins honorable mention in national design competition

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 9:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Vermont University-Lyndon student Neil TS Flanders received an honorable mention in the University & College Designers Association’s (UCDA) Vote 2020 Student Poster Design Initiative. Winning entries can be viewed on the UCDA website at

A panel of design educators from across North America reviewed the 26 contest entries and awarded two first places and six honorable mentions.

How Vermont can fuel our economic recovery with local renewable energy

Sun, 07/26/2020 - 9:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The holiday festivities of 2019 seem like a lifetime ago. As the decade came to a close, we at Encore Renewable Energy discussed the past ten years in the solar industry and what the next ten years may look like. One of us brought up an interesting observation: the modern solar industry has not existed during an economic recession or crisis. How would we fare if/when one were to occur during the next decade? At the time, I never would have thought we would be learning the answer to that question in real time a mere three months later as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis.